5772 already!

Whoa! Another year has flown by, and the (Jewish) holiday season is  upon us. As I prepare massive amounts of apples to feed the masses, eh students, I think of the two videos everybody–that is, the FB active crowd–seems to be watching these days.

On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of European descent) customarily dip their apples in the honey, and say a blessing or two while doing so. First, they thank God for creating the apple in the first place: ברוך אתה יי אלהינו מלך העולם בורא פרי האץ.

Then they dunk the apple slice into the honey. This video explains en detail how this is to be done:

This is followed by a second blessing: יהי רצון מלפניך יי אלהינו ואלהי אבותינו (and if you are so inclined, you might add the mothers here) שתחדש עלינו שנה טובו ומתוקה–May it be your will, Our God and God of our ancestors, to renew for us a good and sweet year.

And in the following video, kids from En Prat offer new year wishes in technicolor, hoping, no doubt, for a year of peace & fun…

All right then, off to a new year!


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